Moms are usually the planners, thinking up creative, fun and family-friendly activities for the whole gang year round. So how about giving her a little break this Mom's Day? Round up the troops, get everyone in the car and enjoy a day out at one of these awesome NJ venues. Sure, you could spring for a fancy brunch, but if you’re looking for a budget-friendly option, check out one of these special ways to celebrate mom on Mother’s Day:
The most important element in a Mother's Day gift is a touch of love. So this fingerprint pedant is the perfect way to win someone's heart. It's very easy to craft and makes the perfect keepsake for any mother, grandmother, aunt or friend. Just about any kind of hard-drying clay or dough will work; we like using Model Magic because it provides a nice smooth surface on which to decorate, but you can also look at our recipe for salt dough.
After a brutal winter, the warm weather is finally here! Let’s rejoice and spend as much time outside as possible. Fairs and festivals are popping up all over the Garden State in places like Cape May, Toms River and Hoboken. You really should get your NJ family to one of these fun-filled festivals in our wonderful state, because, after all, it's only fair. For more outdoor fun, check out our list of 30 Ways to Get Good & Messy outside.
Bet you had no idea how easily you could turn your paper scraps into pretty (and useful!) paper mache bowls. Well it's true. Any kind of leftover paper can be used: newspaper, wrapping paper, construction paper, junk mail, even bits of old magazines. Use different-colored paper for a confetti look, color coordinate, or even paint it once it's dry. Kids love feeling the paper mache and seeing how it magically hardens into a real bowl. Make a whole set!
Here at Mommy Poppins we’re big supporters of kids learning to code; we've written posts about free websites and apps that can help children hone the design, logic and problem-solving skills they need for coding. If you’re the parent of a tween or teen, chances are pretty good that Minecraft is part of life at your home. This summer, kids ages 9 to 13 can combine their love of the game with learning the basics of coding at "Summer of Minecraft" camp.
Our sponsor, Connected Camps, is partnering with Institute of Play, a nonprofit organization, in offering this low-cost, four-week online camp. Kids can be taught everything from the basics of building to coding in-game in a safe, multiplayer environment—all from the comfort of their own home. If this sounds interesting, be sure to read on for an exclusive offer for Mommy Poppins readers, as well as the chance to win one free spot at the camp.
May is right around the corner, so don your sombrero, dust off that marimba and head out for some Cinco de Mayo family fun! There’s music to dance to, food and drink to consume, monarch butterfly celebrations and more. With all this activity, your kids may enjoy a relaxing siesta while you mix up that margarita you so richly deserve. For even more seasonal fun, check out our list of 25 things we can't wait to do with kids this spring in NJ.
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